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WWW.DAPHNEFBBC.COM OCTOBER 2017
LOOK FEAR IN THE FACE AND SAY ‘BOO!’
A couple years ago, I participated in my first and only physique competition. Maybe you’re thinking, “Wow, that sounds scary, I could never do that!” Well, I thought the same thing. It was one of those bucket list items I’d always wanted to check off but had found many reasons not to. I finally made time and committed to the competition. Turns out, what I thought would be the hard part (signing up) was only the beginning of my journey. Prepping for the competition consisted of 20 straight weeks of training, working out five to six days a week, and maintaining a strict diet. But making it to the stage wasn’t the end of the challenge. Speaking in front of thousands of people with my shirt off under bright lights and the scrutiny of judges provided no shortage of stage fright. I was shaking like a leaf. During the competition, I faced moments of self-doubt. While we were backstage, I started comparing myself to the other competitors. Negative thoughts ran through my head: “I’m not as lean as they are. My body doesn’t look the same. I’m not ready. I’m not ready. I’m not ready.” These thoughts kept coursing through my mind, and I felt fearful. What if I got last place? What if I failed? I wanted to hightail it out of there. But another voice in my head started to talk back, and I heard the voice that is always there for us: the voice of God. His voice counteracted all those negative thoughts. I remembered that this competition was my goal, and I was going to follow through with it, even if I was scared, even if I got last place. I was going to do it. And I did! I stuck with my commitment, faced my fear, and the competition ended up being a great experience and a lot of fun.
I’m sharing this story because I want to remind you that growth happens when you stretch yourself outside your comfort zone and face your fear. There will be people who tell you that you can’t do it, and they’ll encourage you to give in to fear. That happened to me during the competition. When that happens, you have to put the negative chatter aside (whether yours, or someone else’s), listen to the positive voice, and take action. Sometimes, I’ll see a client drive to the parking lot of our gym, and they’re scared to call or commit to coming in. They’re scared to work out in a group, scared to commit to their fitness, scared they might fail. I’m here to tell you I understand how that feels. When you face your fear and take that step inside, you will be greeted by a smile and treated like a friend at Daphne Fit Body Boot Camp. We are able to help you get mentally and physically stronger when you take that step and face your fear. If there is a goal you want to achieve but you are letting fear stop you from working toward it, look your fear in the face, and say,
“Boo!” Don’t let fear conquer you. You can be scared, but don’t let fear stop you from being the best version of yourself. - Steven Hadley P.S. Here’s one more reason to shush those negative thoughts: After all the doubtful thoughts I had, I ended up getting third place in the competition. Let that be a last reminder not to listen to the negative voices.
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